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gate the children. -- educate the children. thank you. supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker and i see todd david as well. >> thank you. i'm todd david. i'm cofounder of the san francisco parent political action committee and i would like to thank supervise are mar for holding these hearings. i think it's really important. a lot of parents had questions about the difference between six-month budget, nine month and how that affected prop h. it was help to to get clarification around that. thank you. there's a lot of talk at city hall in san francisco about keeping families in san francisco. we say it's a priority. very small population of families in the city. i feel like these hearings is where the rubber hits the road. at the end of the day, we have limited resources and we have to decide how we're going to use them. and there's many competing very
well deserving groups saying, a little bit of extra money now. and wloo what do we do with that? it's a shame but at the end of the day, there's only a limited amount of money. i just want to point out up with of the ways $3.5 million is another day at school. $3.5 million educates 56,000 children. it pays one more day teachers that have had their positions cut. and it saves parents from figuring out another day of childcare. it seppeds a message san francisco really values families here. and as a final note, i want to point out 100% of the local measures that have been voted on to fund schools passed. 100%. not one failed. there's a very chlor message
from the constituency of san francisco that we value the public schools. if there is extra money and given back to the district, i hope it will be done. thank you very much. appreciate it. >> thank you very much. supervisor mar: next speaker, mr. mckenzie. >> thank you, commissioners and supervisors. i'm dennis mckenzie. i have been teaching in san francisco high schools about 10 years and also been writing proposals dealing with education reform for over 20 years. i don't to repeat the state of california's lack of support for our public schools. i want to suggest today i provided the city a number of proposals the last six months dealing with golden state warriors poem basketball arena.
i'm asking today for this body to invite the chamber of commerce to be a partner with this issue of providing education for our kids. i teach in the classrooms and it's discussed over and over how critical it is with all of the budget cuts. when you're in a classroom in high school, 30, 40, 45 kids in a classroom. cuts have gone on beyond reason. i would suggest, like i said, i believe this body, city as you see exploring new revenue and how do you support the schools, i'm asking this body, supervisors, mayor, board of education to invite chamber of congress in this collaborative effort. i also work with the wshes. i'm proposing a high school classroom as part of that arena. i respectfully ask the warriors become a part of this community as a will. i'm hopeful and trust they will, providing a classroom inside at rinna would give -- the arena
would give kids an incentive for practical real world experience and understanding and knowledge and business community i believe needs to support this as well. thank you. supervisor mar: thank you, mr. mckenzie. ly mention that to rick well, president of the warriors and new team trying to build their stadium in the city. i think that's a good recommendation. thank you. >> good afternoon, school board. kentucky s.f. budget rain keeps falling down another city another town that i went walking through with the budget rain in my shoes searching for the school budget you in the cold kentucky budget rain in the cold kentucky budget rain bring some change, city school
change and you will be glad they came ♪ ♪ we need you school budget now more than words can say we need you now now and every day and every way we budget need you need you now. ♪ supervisor mar: thank you, mr. paulson. is there anyone who else would like to speak? seeing none, public comment closed. i would like to ask for comments, questions from clige colleagues. nancy, thank you very much for the service to children and families in the city and school district and best of luck in d.c. as well. i know will you do incredible things for people in d.c. as you have done for our city. thank you very much. colleagues, any questions or
comments? >> thank you, supervisor mar. supervisor mar, thank you for the leadership to bring this forward to this hearing today to discuss the budget whoas also of the san francisco unified school district and how city partners helped us out of a very deep hole and continue to help keep us afloat and offer services to our students. i think another thing nancy wamack could maybe refresh us on is maybe that if the november ballot measures do not pass, we the governor has talked about additional school days cut. nancy, would you like to elaborate on that number, please? >> sure, commissioner. in the final version of the budget they changed the
particular item to allow for an additional 15 days per year that could be cut rather than across 15 days the cross two years in january and may is version. state is now allowing up to 20 days per year to be cut from the school and from the school year, which is obviously atrocious. >> right. that would mean one month of school not being in session. this is really the state recommendation on how we should balance our budget is cut one month of instructions. that is just crazy and inexcusable. but i want to speak a little bit about what extra funds might do for our students, it's projected in 2014, 20% of students will not be graduating. they are on track now 20% not to graduate. we know those numbers will be
much higher once we calculate c's or bert. a through g classes students receiving a d or better and as you and i both know, that a d or better is not a true opportunity to students at all. because we know uc's and csu's do not accept d's and that will lock them from any entrance to any four-year university. also, these also mean they will probably be taking many years at remedial math or english once they get to city college. therefore, reducing city college graduation rate to about 9%. we have a big problem ahead of us. our problem is that we have passed a through g graduation requirement which is actually very good policy for our district and our students. however, due to lack of funding you're unable to provide a type of safety net that students are
requiring. when well unified and adopted in graduation requirement, we learned there are very significant gate keepers to students not achieving a through g eligibility. and that was ail algebra, second year laboratory science and third year math. we know this class 2014 right now, 20% of them are on track not to graduate, those with d's or betters, and if we raise that to c's or better, we might be looking at 30 rs. the first graduating class will have to graduate a through g is now entering their junior year. we know they're hitting now -- >> 2014 is the class -- >> the class, right. they will be heading junior year next year. sequentially classes get much more rigorous. and that third year math, which has been a gatekeeper to the students in los angeles will no
longer be a gatekeeper to our students too. we could be looking at 40% of our graduating class not getting high school diplomas. now, while i know furlough dres are horrible to everybody, especially horrible to our students but also to our labor partners. we also at the board have a great responsibility to graduate every student ready for cleverages. and actually where we are now, this 2014 and 2015 class, if this is any indication of where we might be in 2014, 2015, we will not be in a good place once those students have to graduate. i'm hearing what the youth commissioner said and out of the mouth of babes we hear the absolute truth is that these extra funds will -- could be greatly used for any kind of credit recovery or extended
class. by the very nature of the a through g sequencing, class sequencing, our english language learners must take double up on english in order to pass a through g. they will omak sent one year of english so, therefore, they must take an extra english class in order to graduate a through g and to be eligible for our graduation requirements and also eligibility into any four-year university. i know what i'm saying is somewhat technical, we discussed this with the board all of the time. it's heavy on our minds we will not be graduating hundreds of students. we're grateful the city stepped in to help with summer school. as you can see, this is really not enough. we appreciate extra fund for the city.
i do think this is crisis mode right now. i think yes, we would love to have money back from the prop h, of course. this is a crisis. now we are deep in crisis. we think it's that this year will be really terrible, the years after that also. projections don't look much better as you can see and what nancy gave us. i'm only one board member but i probably think that my commissioner partner here is also concerned about all of the students not graduating. it weighs heavily on all of us. this is also i think a reflection of what our future society might be when we look at who's graduating and who's not. this is intended to give students much more opportunity in the 21st century and in fact we are finding that we will for many of them be giving less of an opportunity. so our prop h funds, i was on the prop h citizen advisory
committee for three years. i know how precious those funds are. recently, the committee went out actually to school sites, spoke to a lot of people about how this impacts their education. it was profound. i think if you go into any of our schools, you will see at one time we had not a single elementary school library. now we are -- our lie brar iies now -- libraries after couple years prop h money been dusted off, old schools have been weeded out. books from the 1950's or some of them from the 1940's weeded out of the libraries. new books replaced old books and classrooms are using their libraries every day to complement their instruction in the classrooms. and they're funded by -- they're also prop h funded an elementary school library. for them these funds are crucial
. they have helped us restore, keep our arts program. p.e., athletics programs, things we would never be able to fund if we didn't have prop h money. it's imperative that it's reauthorized in 2014. anyway, just to emphasize the issue of the money and how the great the impact season how great the impact may even be even more if any of these statewide initiatives don't pass, we're going to be in dire, dire trouble. just want to emphasize the severity of the budget crisis this year and also the next year. again, supervisor mar, thank you so much for bringing this forward. i think a discussion about the impact and how it really impacts education on a daily basis for our students and teachers trying to do their best under this
horrible budget scrice. i want to thank you for your leadership in bringing this forward. supervisor mar: thank you. could i just ask, i know coleman advocates said $500,000 was included in the school district's budget for credit recovery. again, it's that helping students give support to them so they can meet the a through g requirements. let me just try to look at the information. but to make sure those that are falling behind have at least a chance to make it by 2014. do you know a dollar amount how much to fully fund an effort like l.a. has done after the community coalition fought for that and they were able to challenge the l.a. school district to fund that. but how much would it cost us to fully support students that we don't have that crisis of hundreds of students not graduating. >> right. thank you supervisor mar. if we wanted to do it really in a very smart way, what we do,
would do is reduce class size such as be secondary classroom science, algebra, third year math. we would lower the class size to that instead of having 35, 38 students in those classes. we would have 20. we would be able to offer an extra tutorial for them. what i think we're looking at as a school district when we talk about a service period day is being able to offer extra class for students who have failed a class. who have to take an extra class because they are an english language learner. and seventh period class at a school site. for those by need talking about weakty here, we're not talking about giving students an extra class so they're going to graduate a year early. we're looking at the extra class for students, so they extend their school day and giving an opportunity in the school year and in fact not just at summer school to actually be able to
make up those classes. that is we've had a rough estimate of that cost at $4 million. supervisor mar: that's helpful. >> thank you, supervisor. and i just want to reiterate how much we appreciate bringing this item forward. i truly think it's because you served on the board of education and any of the other commissioners, supervisor kim, yourself, also supervisor campos, even in his role as being our legal counsel a couple block as way when you were there really does give you a broader perspective with what they're going through and that you hearken back to hear our cry or call when we are looking for funds. and i appreciate you heard that call and have brought it to this body and have invited community members to chime in. i want to thank you very much
for that. i won't belabor the point that commissioner furor has clearly covered quite a bit of what we're talking about. the other few things i want to mention is in regards to the seventh period day and doing that around equity, we wouldn't be asking for much a.p. classes. we are really using that opportunity to help those students that don't have those chances to really deeply understand the work that they have to get through and rigor. building a foundation and taken the more rigorous courses later on in their schedule, it doesn't benefit them if they've gotten even a c. that's a struggle to move on to an advanceed class from a c. that doesn't mean you mastered the topic.
which often is passing but unacceptable you see private apologies and we want to be clear with students they need to deeply understand before moving forward in the seventh period day would help support that. i'm grateful the youth commission came out and spoke about credit recovery. those are paramount and we need to offer real credit recovery. online courses don't help when you have missed getting the substantive back and forth with an in-person teacher. if you don't have that interaction where you're able to ask questions as a student and get information and listen to your peers in the classroom and work collaboratively, i strug well an online -- struggle with an online substitute if you didn't get it first time around. those are the things talking about credit recovery, what does that credit recovery look like? again, i want to thank the youth mission. they brought it up. yes, those same courses for our
immigrant population cho w.h.o. are just struggling to master many of the a to g course requirements, particularly that have a language component and they need to be able to master that to move on to the more advanced courses. it doesn't help them in any way if they are getti minimum passi move on to the more rigorous courses. it's a foundation that's very shaky and we want it to be solid. those are the things i wanted to mention. also f. we even imagine our students would get out of sfusd and happen to move on to the community college, the city college and a lot -- csu, they're not doing remediation classes anymore. they said that. they can't afford it. our students lead us with nowhere to go to get the courses to move on through the four-year
college with the fidelity. and also the jobs because even though trade work because if this point the trades have told us, we need your students to come really ready and have that rigorous course schedule because that helps them ascend in the trades and not stay at the laborer level and that's what we want sturepts to do. they have tons of attrition and waiting for students and they asked us and we have been able to participate fully with our trades and labor partners in providing students. lastly, i know it's on the table in discussion but on the furlough days, i want to keep that topic open but that as we had our teacher talk about, immense impact on teachers, especially for our heart to staff schools. a lot of newer teachers are there and i want to be sensitive they have neeell and stability is key to keeping them in our san francisco unified
school district. again, thank you for bringing this topic forward and making it a public discussion but also for folks who have come out and to present their perspective. it's helpful to hear this from the folks at home who listen and understand what wire going through. thank you. supervisor mar: thank you commissioners maufas and fewer for being here and on the ground suggestions what can be done for the city to give more to the schools. president khiu and supervisor olague. >> and supervisor mar, i want to thank you for holding this hearing. i'm sorry i wasn't able to be present during the entire time because we're in the middle of our budget discussions right now for the city and county of san francisco. part of the reasons why i enjoy and want to sit on this committee is continue to educate myself on what often feels like an artificial divide on the school district and city and county of san francisco. i think for those of us on the city and county side to not
think about revenue challenges those of us with the school district are facing and not think creatively about how we can support our schools i think does a disservice to our city as a hole. i very much appreciate the discussion both of our colleagues from the school district as well as from stakeholders in making sure we have a world class education system. i for one am certainly interested and open to thinking about how we on the city side, particularly as our revenue picture gets better, can be of assistance in different ways with what is happening on the school district side. we know that in the wake of say proposition 13. there are some constraints that exist in funding our schools. we have some, not unlimited, but some ability on our side of the ledger to be helpful. i look forward to the ongoing conversation. supervisor mar: thank you. i just wondering if supervisor olague wanted make any concluding remarks.
3 supervisor olague: to conclude, i would say we have to conclude now because the budget committee will be reconvening by 6:00. let me just say i would like to thank everyone that has spoken and really stake hold ares in the school district, school district staff. i do feel that we do have to follow up on the language of prop h. i will just read it. i view the $40 million that was quote/unquote deferred from being paid to the school district as an obligation and when you defer something, it's implied that will you pay it at some point. but right now is dire crisis of supervisor or as commissioner fewer and maufous just said. it seems an urgeant time to start repaying that deferred amount back. but i do understand that the charter says, gives the city an out if they choose to have an
out to not pay it back. to me it's an obligation and we should look into ensuring that. if it's an incredible way of paying the money to the school district, we should do that. we could start if there's supplemental funds for the school district. i will say in my priorities as our budget priorities, that is a key part of my goal not only supporting richmond district schools and community programs that serve youth and families. but it's also supporting on city wide level repaying school district back for the money that's owed in the deferred amounts that were not paid over the past four years, which is about 40 million, even if it's 1 million or 3.5 million that would reduce furlough days by one day in the next two years. that would be so helpful. i know it's not enough but something the city can do if there's additional funds in our resources. it might have been too late thold this hearing as well. i know the budget process is moving forward and we each have our own priority that's have been given.
i think this opens the discussion so that in future years, we are thinking about this obligation to the schools. i also wanted to say on the issues of what is the most critical need for the school, i see the credit recovery and seventh period as equity need that helps the children and students most at risk. issues like furlough day reduction, especially given the four weeks potential if the state measures don't pass is really a crisis and critical need as well. but my hope is that if the city does live up to its obligation with small amounts or in the future larger amounts, that we respect the school board members and school district to decide what is the most critical need of the school district. i appreciate all of the input and ideas and i will be working with my colleagues in this budget season. and the next couple of hours but also for future to make sure that the schools are paid every
amount of money that's owed to them but also we as a city continue in our tradition of always supporting the schools. thank you so much, everyone, for being here. i just would like to -- i'm not -- i am a member of this committee since i have been aproipted by president chiu. i would like to move we continue the item to the call of the chair. >> second. supervisor mar: i think supervisor -- i'm not sure who chairs. i think it's -- >> now we're on the third item, final item. a hearing regarding community assessment frerl center and truancy assessment and resource center that was requested by commissioner maufas. if you would like to take the lead on this. >> actually chair olague, i move we continue the item to the call of chair. i don't know if we took action
on that. >> without objection. >> thank you, supervisor. i wanted to bring this up forward to this committee because from it's inception to the work doing, the community estimate and referral center, cerc, more commonly known now the truancy resource center, terc, are both agencies that work hand in hand with the city and unified school district. and i absolutely believe it's imperative, not only that i know as school board commissioner what they're doing and how they're functioning and what challenges and opportunities and successes they've had but also that the supervisors know. i've asked these agencies to come forward and share their information so we can be fully informed. 0 >> i know we have limited time
so i guess we can start the conversation but we will have to end about -- i would say about 10 until so we have 20 minutes. unless want to continue this item out. >> i will leave it to the presenters to figure out if they need to do one presentation for one agency. or if they want to combine the presentation to do both agencies and then we will continue it to the call of the chair or -- and i will let -- can you all come forward and let us know what you're -- what you decided and we will go with that. supervisor mar: madam chair, if i could suggest, i think we have until right before six so we have about 35 minutes f it's possible for the presentations to be done in maybe 10, 15 minutes and then if we can get a sense of how many members of the public are here to speak in public comment, that will give us a sense of how much time we have. >> thank you, president chiu.